Polly and Nina (FIre and Hemlock, was Hexwood

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at indigo.ie
Tue Feb 5 07:53:30 EST 2002


>  > > One of a great multitude!  That essay just blows me away *every* time
>>  > I read it.  I simply cannot believe all the references, allusions,
>>  > influences, organising strategies etc.....
>(Sorry, I've lost track of who said that!)
>I've obviously missed something here--what essay is this, please?

Hey Ros - my babbling.   DWJ wrote an essay called "The Heroic Ideal 
- A Personal Odyssey" about the writing of Fire and Hemlock.  It was 
published in The Lion and the Unicorn (a children's lit journal) - 
vol. 13, no. 1 June 1989.

It is probably still available somehow or other.  Nat posted the 
details a long time ago which is how I got a copy.  I could try to 
summarize the essay and post it sometime, instead of just gushing 
about it, if you'd like.

It'll take a day or two though - *both* kids had 
computer-monopolizing-worthy assignments yesterday, which is why I 
was squeezed into writing far too quickly and while far too tired 
last night.  They're not fini

shed yet either.


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